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Bacanora to bring in China’s Ganfeng as partner in Mexico lithium project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed Bacanora Lithium has signed a non-binding heads of terms with China lithium producer Ganfeng for a strategic investment in both the company and its flagship Sonora lithium project, in Mexico. Completion of the strategic investment would form a major part of Bacanora’s finance package... 

Bacanora to bring in China’s Ganfeng as partner in Mexico lithium project

SolGold announces PEA results for Alpala

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2019 LSE- and TSX-listed SolGold on Monday published the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for the Alpala copper/gold/silver deposit at the Cascabel project, in northern Ecuador. The study estimated a “low” start-up capital expenditure of $2.4-billion to $2.8-billion and a “high” net... 

SolGold announces PEA results for Alpala

Tanzania fines Acacia Mining $2.4m over alleged pollution

By: Reuters     20th May 2019 Tanzania's mining minister said on Monday Acacia Mining had been fined 5.6-billion Tanzanian shillings ($2.4-million) for alleged pollution at its North Mara mine. Acacia, majority-owned by Barrick Gold, is embroiled in a long-running tax dispute with Tanzania. 

Zambia files 'notification' of plans to take over Vedanta assets

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2019 Zambia’s government filed notification of plans to take over Vedanta Resources’s domestic copper assets, President Edgar Lungu said. The move marks an escalation in tension between the government and mine owners, after Lungu last week threatened to “divorce” Vedanta and Glencore, two of the... 

Sibanye keeps option to increase Lonmin offer against rival bid 

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2019 Sibanye Gold reiterated that its increased offer for Lonmin Plc is final, but kept its option open to sweeten the deal for the platinum producer should a rival bid emerge. While its current offer “is final and will not be increased", the company “reserves the right to set aside the no increase... 

Ariana’s Kiziltepe reports solid start to 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Turkey-focused explorer and developer Ariana Resources on Monday reported that its Kiziltepe project produced 7 296 oz of gold during the quarter ended March 31, 2019, reflecting a solid start to 2019. Kiziltepe is part of the Red Rabbit joint venture with Proccea Construction and is 50%-owned by... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve
Hydrogen fuel cell cars use hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity with the help of platinum.

AfriTin completes drilling on first 20 holes at Uis mine

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining on Monday announced that it had completed the first 20 diamond drill holes, which were recommended for the validation of the historical data by CSA Global, at its flagship Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The drill holes form part of the drilling programme designed to support... 

Katoro identifies additional target at Haneti

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Results from a soil sampling programme at Katoro Gold’s Haneti nickel project, in Tanzania, have reconfirmed and extended the strike length of the previously identified high-priority ultramafic exploration targets, as well as identified an additional ultramafic target, which was previously... 

ABM starts exploration at Cameroon cobalt/nickel project

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Aim-listed African Battery Metals has started exploration activities at its cobalt/nickel project in Cameroon and will initially be targeting cobalt and nickel mineralisation at prioritised targets within the company’s licence areas. The work programme will start immediately, with a view to... 

Gemfields reports signs of recovery in emerald sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2019 JSE-listed Gemfields continues to see “encouraging” signs of a recovery in the emerald sector, product and sales MD Adrian Banks said in a statement on Monday. This follows Gemfields’ latest auction of higher-quality rough emeralds, in Singapore, which generated revenue of $22.4-million and... 

Amplats dismisses half of Mototolo’s underground employees amid unprotected strike 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2019 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum, headed by Chris Griffith, has dismissed half of the Mototolo mine’s underground employees amid an unprotected strike, but has given the dismissed employees until May 21 to appeal the decision. Employees at the mine affiliated with the General Industrial... 

Amplats dismisses half of Mototolo’s underground employees amid unprotected strike
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Amplats CE Chris Griffith

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call 

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2019 The $62-million smelter at Unki Mine’s existing complex is a strategic investment, which meets local beneficiation commitments, Anglo American Platinum said on Thursday, when it opened the completed installation at a ceremony in Shurugwi, Zimbabwe. The smelter investment is indicative of the... 

$62m Zimbabwe smelter heeds local beneficiation call
Matte casting at the new smelter at Anglo American Platinum’s Unki Mine in Zimbabwe.

Zambian President threatens Glencore, Vedanta with 'divorce' 

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2019 Zambian President Edgar Lungu threatened to “divorce” the domestic copper units of Vedanta Resources and Glencore after the companies said they’d curb operations in the Southern African nation. The threat marks an escalation in tensions between the mining industry in Africa’s second-biggest... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project  

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4-billion is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions. The African Export-Import Bank has the mandate to raise money for the... 

Military stake stymies $4bn Zimbabwe platinum project

Barrick Gold prepping sale of Zambian copper mine in H2 – sources

By: Reuters     14th May 2019 Barrick Gold, the world's second largest bullion miner, is preparing its Zambian copper mine Lumwana for sale in the second half of 2019, looking to target Chinese buyers, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. Fresh from two major deals in recent months, Barrick has said it plans to... 

Barrick Gold prepping sale of Zambian copper mine in H2 – sources

Presidency slapped with hefty R29.9bn claim over Lesotho diamonds

By: News24Wire      16th May 2019 A diamond mining company has filed a R29.9-billion claim against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government as a near three-decade-long dispute over expropriated diamond mining rights in Lesotho reaches South African courts again. Josias van Zyl, MD of Swissbourgh Diamond Mining, is arguing... 

Tharisa sticks to dividend guns as mine reconfiguration lowers output, profit 

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2019 Platinum group metals and chrome mining company Tharisa Minerals has not allowed lower half-year production, profit and cash flow to get in the way of declaring an interim dividend. The Johannesburg- and London-listed company declared a $0.005-a-share payout on earnings a share of $0.4c, in... 

Tharisa sticks to dividend guns as mine reconfiguration lowers output, profit
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Tharisa Minerals CEO Phoevos Pouroulis.

Billionaire Friedland close to deal with BHP on Guinea iron-ore

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2019 Billionaire mining investor Robert Friedland is close to a deal to take over an iron-ore deposit in Guinea from owners including BHP Group, according to people familiar with the situation. Friedland is in advanced talks with BHP, Newmont Goldcorp and Areva, that will see him move to develop the... 

Sibanye, Lonmin merger enters final stretch as AMCU appeal is dismissed 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 The Competition Appeal Court of South Africa (CACSA) on Friday gave the green light for JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye-Stillwater’s proposed takeover of LSE- and JSE-listed Lonmin, dismissing an appeal filed by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. CACSA upheld the Competition... 

Sibanye, Lonmin merger enters final stretch as AMCU appeal is dismissed
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Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman and Lonmin CEO Ben Magara

Amplats considers sale of Twickenham and Bokoni mines – CEO

By: Reuters     17th May 2019 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is contemplating the sale of its Bokoni and Twickenham mines in South Africa, a move which would mostly complete the group's divestment strategy, its chief executive told Reuters. The precious metals producer has sold many of its mines as it pivots from the... 

Australia’s St Barbara to buy Atlantic Gold for C$802m

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th May 2019 Australian gold miner St Barbara has struck a C$802-million takeover deal of TSX-V-listed Atlantic Gold. St Barbara on Wednesday announced plans to acquire all of the outstanding shares in Atlantic for C$2.90 a share, implying an enterprise value of C$802-million. 

Australia’s St Barbara to buy Atlantic Gold for C$802m
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President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac   

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa is correct in stating that South Africans need to act together with urgency and boldness if they are to realise the economic opportunities before them, Eunomix CEO Claude Baissac said on Tuesday. Baissac, who was speaking to Mining Weekly Online following the finding of... 

President's correct, S Africans need to act together to realise economic opportunities – Baissac

Debmarine Namibia to invest $468m in its seventh diamond recovery vessel 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2019 Debmarine Namibia, a joint venture between diamond miner De Beers and the Namibian government, has approved the construction of a new custom-built diamond recovery vessel, which will become the seventh such vessel in Debmarine’s fleet. The vessel, which will be built at a cost of $468-million,... 

Debmarine Namibia to invest $468m in its seventh diamond recovery vessel
De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver

BHP admits to ‘over-investing’ in Canada mine, but says Jansen remains attractive

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th May 2019 Diversified miner BHP on Tuesday admitted to an overspend at the Jansen potash mine, in Canada, but CEO Andrew Mackenzie has argued that the project remains an attractive asset. The mining giant has already spent $2.7-billion on the potash project, east of Saskatoon, Saskatchwan, and will have... 

BHP admits to ‘over-investing’ in Canada mine, but says Jansen remains attractive
The Jansen mine shaft in Canada's Saskatchewan

Petra sells 424.89 ct diamond for nearly $15m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2019 London-listed Petra Diamonds has sold the 424.89 ct Legacy of the Cullinan Diamond Mine diamond to Stargems Group/Choron for just under $15-million. The exceptional D-colour Type IIa diamond was mined from the Cullinan C-Cut and adds to the most famous diamonds to have originated from the... 

Platinum miners brace for labour clash in early Ramaphosa test  

By: Bloomberg     14th May 2019 When the world’s biggest platinum miners sit down with labour unions this month to negotiate a three-year wage deal, it could prove an early test of Cyril Ramaphosa’s new presidency in South Africa. An amicable outcome will bolster Ramaphosa -- the former mine union leader and one-time platinum... 

Platinum miners brace for labour clash in early Ramaphosa test

Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 The US Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two mineral leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, a key step in opening the popular wilderness and recreation area up to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups. The department's... 

Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining

Positive reaction to Radebe’s lifting of licence restraints on small-scale power plants 

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2019 Industry has reacted positively to revelations that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has written to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) indicating that it should begin to license small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) projects with capacities of above 1 MW. Business Day reported on... 

Positive reaction to Radebe’s lifting of licence restraints on small-scale power plants

Sibanye-Stillwater plans to resume dividend payments in 2020

By: Reuters     16th May 2019 Higher prices for industrial precious metals palladium and platinum have boosted earnings at Sibanye-Stillwater, enabling the miner to repay debt and plan to resume dividends next year, its chief executive Neal Froneman said. Sibanye, once the industry's highest dividend payer, last made a... 

Sibanye-Stillwater plans to resume dividend payments in 2020
Sibanye -Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

Lonmin likely to cut fewer jobs due to revenue boost – CEO

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Lonmin will delay or reduce the number of jobs it had planned to cut in South Africa as soaring palladium prices have boosted revenue, its chief executive said, ahead of a takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater. Higher prices for a basket of Lonmin's metals and a weaker South African rand helped the... 

Over 40% of minority shareholders of Turquoise Hill oppose independent directors

By: Reuters     14th May 2019 A large proportion of the minority shareholders in Rio Tinto Plc-controlled Turquoise Hill Resources voted against the re-election of the company's independent directors on Tuesday. While all seven directors were re-elected to the board, according to a Turquoise Hill filing, over 40% of... 

Trade war spurs 'change in attitude' on gold for spooked markets

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2019 Donald Trump’s tweets are keeping global financial markets on edge, and many investors are opting for gold as a refuge. Gold open interest, a tally of outstanding futures contracts, surged the most since mid-2016 on Monday to the highest in more than seven weeks. Prices of the metal have advanced... 

Trade war spurs 'change in attitude' on gold for spooked markets

Confidence and investment returning to British Columbia’s mining industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2019 The performance of British Columbia mining companies are mirroring the return of confidence to the global industry, with the mining sector of Canada’s westernmost province posting positive results for the second consecutive year. PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) Canada’s ‘BC Mine’ report states that... 

Confidence and investment returning to British Columbia’s mining industry
Teck's Fording River operation in the Elk Valley of British Columbia.

Katanga’s first-quarter loss a share widens

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2019 Katanga Mining on Thursday announced that its basic and diluted loss a share had widened to $0.09 for the first quarter, ended March 31, from $0.04 in the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased to $41.8-million, from $16.3-million... 

Ivanhoe receives additional C$679m investment

By: Simone Liedtke     15th May 2019 Co-chairpersons of TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines, Robert Friedland and Yufeng Sun, on Wednesday announced that Citic Metal, through a subsidiary, is investing an additional C$612-million in Ivanhoe at C$3.98 a share. Zijin Mining Group has now also fully exercised its antidilution rights, also at... 

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